Rifle Shooting - Smallbore

Smallbore rifle competition is also called rim fire as the round used is the .22 long Rifle (.22LR).

There are many disciplines in smallbore shooting, including those shot in the Olympics. In the past, many smallbore competitors started out in high school.  Yes, schools had shooting teams! Many a youth who started there wound up in international competition and Olympic shooting.  With today's anti-gun ideas floating around, very few schools have shooting programs; it is found mostly in private schools.  Boy Scouts of America has shooting programs.  Here is a link to their web page: Boy Scouts of America Shooting Sports Program.

The National Rifle Association has a lot of information on smallbore that can be found at the NRA web site. Here is a link to the PDF file of the NRA SmallBore Rule Book.

USA Shooting is an organization that prepares young shooters to compete in events including the USA Olympic Team. Here ia a link to their web site USA Shooting.

Another good source of information is here at SmallBoreRifle.com.

To get started in smallbore, you do not need to buy the most expensive equipment.  There are some good rifles available at reasonable prices such as the Savage Mark 1 FVT, a single shot .22 LR rifle with target peep sights.  A shooting mat can be made from a piece of carpet remnant and foam sleeping bag pad, nylon slings are OK to start, and other accessories can be purchased as the need arises.

Smallbore is a good place for kids to learn the basics of shooting, and you never know where or when the next Olympic champion will be found!

Here are some of the disciplines found in smallbore:

PRONE - 50 yard or 50 meter

4 POSITION - Standing, Prone, Kneeling, Sitting. Indoor or Outdoor. Junior 50 feet; otherwise 75 feet and 50 yard.

3 POSITION - Standing, Prone, Kneeling

BENCHREST - 50 yard and 100 yard

.22 F class - fired at 100 or 200 yards on reduced size targets that simulate 800-1000 yards

There are many other events that are done at club level and don't require anything other than a sporting rifle.

Here is an event that is spreading all over the county and is open to everyone, young and old.  It is called the Appleseed Project:

The Appleseed Project is run by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA). It is a history lesson on the battles of Lexington and Concord complimented by a marksmanship clinic where shooters can earn the "Rifleman" badge. It is a two-day event, however shooters can go to only one day if they desire.

Rifles used are usually .22 LR caliber, however centerfire can be used.
The Ruger 10/22 can be customized into the "Liberty Training Rifle" which is designed for this event, however any rifle is OK.

Events are held in most states. The annual schedule is on the Appleseed web site. More locations are being added all the time, so there will probably be one near you. You can sign up on-line or by mail.

 

 

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